Archive | June, 2015

DSWD wellness program launched

WELLNESS FOR LIFE. DSWD XI launches its Zumba Wellness Program led by Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon [second row, second from right]. DSWD

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11 new LGUs to implement Kalahi-CIDSS

Davao City – As their acceptance in implementing Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services) in their respective municipality, 11 local government units (LGUs) agreed to undergo the enrolment process during the recent LGU Forum.

These new targeted municipalities are Baganga, Braulio E. Dujali, Lupon, Kiblawan, Jose Abad Santos, Malalag, Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Montevista, Sarangani and San Isidro (Davao del Norte).

“The officials and department heads from targeted municipalities and stakeholders will be oriented on the conditionalities and enrolment requirements that need to be complied before the approval or acceptance to join the program,” said Ma. Annabelle S. Jabla, Deputy Regional Program Manager for Kalahi-CIDSS.

Jabla added that LGU enrolment is one of the preparatory activities that will lead to the project’s commencement this year.

Kalahi-CIDSS is a community-driven development project of the Philippine Government that aims to empower communities through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and poverty alleviation projects.

According to DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon, Kalahi-CIDSS works to minimize poverty using the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach wherein the communities are taught how to select, design, and implement sub-projects that respond to their most vital need.

“These sub-projects are common infrastructure facilities such as farm-to-market roads, school buildings, potable water systems, electrification, and day care centers,” Director Razon said.

Braulio E. Dujali Mayor Lolita A. Moral expressed her utmost appreciation for the program.

“We are very thankful for this new endeavour in our municipality. Rest assured that we will give our full support to DSWD’s goal in empowering communities in far-flung barangays.”

Kalahi-CIDSS, which started last 2003, has already served 299 barangays in 16 municipalities in Region XI.

A total of 21 more municipalities are set to operate Kalahi-CIDSS in 2015, covering 375 barangays with a total grant of Php 173,980,750. (DSWD)


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BUB meet up in DavOr set

Mati City -The Davao Oriental Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) and the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) which are implementing Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) projects based on the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP), recently met in Baywalk Hotel, Mati City.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Yvette C. Tolentino-Sunga provided the activity overview to participants from National Government Agencies, Local Government Units, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), as well as Stakeholders and DSWD Project Development Officers of Mati City, Gov. Generoso, San Isidro, Caraga, Cateel and Lupon.

Julius R. Duterte, Focal Person for DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in Davao Oriental presented updates on SLP and requested concerned LGUs to submit lacking BUB project documents not later than July 15.

Issues and concerns were discussed and DILG committed to help follow-up on LGUs on the submission of needed documents based on request of concerned agency.

BUB aims to ensure that funding requirements for the development needs of municipalities and cities are included in agency budget proposals. It promotes inclusive participation in community development by empowering CSOs to be engaged in the budgeting process. (DSWD)

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DSWD awards 1236 more shelters in ComVal

Director Priscilla N. Razon receives a plaque from New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo L. Balbin Jr.

Davao City – The regional office here of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently awarded additional 1236 more permanent homes to Typhoon Pablo survivors in Compostela Valley.

In her message during the turnover ceremonies in New Bataan Thursday, DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon underscored the spirit of unity and resilience of the town.

“New Bataan has come a long way because it never succumbed to defeat and because it has learned to imbed solidarity among the residents, and upheld and sustained harmony among the disaster responders who sprang from all walks of life and courageously immersed in the town to help rebuild it.”

She urged, “Beyond what have been extended to you, materially and spiritually, what remains of best value is the opportunity to grow from the ruins and the openness to take in, from the lessons of nature and of God. Let us continue to be united and resilient as we level up, but never forgetting the most important lessons in our journey.”

On Thursday, the town commemorated its 47th Anniversary and it rejoiced as well as 655 more families received their new homes through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).

Daghang salamat DSWD sa paghatag og paglaum kanamo. Wala na gyud ko nagdahom nga matagaan pa ko aning balaya sukad nga naguba ang among balay sa bagyo (Thank you so much DSWD for giving us hope. I never expected that I will be provided this house after our house was destroyed by the storm),” Jestonie Bautista of Barangay Sandawan gratefully conveyed.

Ample tears fell as Jestonie recalled how painful that day was for his family. He can finally separate from his father’s house after two years of staying with them, he said confidently.

For couple Francis and Maricris Almasa of Barangay Cahayag, their newly built house is the best gift they have received after two years of grieving.

Salamat sa Ginoo, mapulihan na gyud ang amoang payag-payag ug makatulog na og tarong akoang mga anak  (Thank God, we can now replace our shanty and my children can now sleep well),” Maricris joyfully declared.

New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo L. Balbin Jr. confirmed that the unity and resilience of the people of New Bataan made them overcome the tragedy and learn their lessons. He also thanked DSWD for the all-out support and various interventions.

Compostela Valley First District Congresswoman Maricar S. Zamora encouraged the people of New Bataan to not forget the phenomenon that changed their lives but to talk about it so that lessons will be remembered and lived.

“Now that you finally have your houses, we hope that you will start improving your own selves.”

As of June 23, DSWD has awarded 841 homes in New Bataan, 1382 in Compostela town, 1537 in Monkayo, 1335 in Montevista, and 2123 in Laak.

To date, 7218 shelters have been completed in Compostela Valley and 16,804  in Davao Oriental. (DSWD)


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Sec. Soliman, Gov, Del Rosario join Serbisyo Caravan

AID FOR IPs. DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman and Davao Del Norte Governor  Rodolfo P. Del Rosario lead the ceremonial turnover of 3,000 family food packs to IP beneficiaries in Talaingod, Davao del Norte during the ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan. (DSWD)

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DSWD chief asks Talaingod IPs to check exploitation of children

TALAINGOD, Davao del Norte, June 19 (PIA)—  Aside from hauling about P14 million worth of goods and services for more than 3,000 indigenous peoples (IPs) in Talaingod,  Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman brought a message of protection for children from exploitation.

In her speech held last June 19, Soliman assured residents of Talaingod of continued social welfare services and assistance for Talaingod which had been in the list of priority areas of DSWD since 2004.

However, she asked parents to guard against people and groups found using their children during protest rallies to press their respective concerns.

Last June 19, Soliman joined Undersecretary Manny Bautista, executive director of Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice and Peace; Usec Gettie Sandoval and Assistant Secretary Apple Oreta of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); Assec Jean Ubial of the Department of Health during the ARENA Serbisyo Caravan conducted at JBL, Barangay Sto. Nino in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

A far-flung town of Davao del NOrte, Talaingod is home to Ata-Manobos who make up 72 percent of almost 20,000 population.

Stressing the importance of child education, Soliman pointed out that children should be in school and should not be on the streets joining protest rallies.

She bared reports that IP children from Talaingod and nearby towns were taken during a protest rally waged against the Department of Education (DepEd). She however failed to specify the DepEd office against which protesters with IP participants were raising complaint against.

Ayaw dalha  ang mga bata sa rally.   (Don’t bring the children to the rally.),” she said. “Ayaw sugot nga magamit sila sa ubang gropo; nga gamiton sa mga dili maayong tawo. Ayaw jud magpagamit sa mga dili maayo nga tumong, sa dili maayo nga himo,  sa  dili maayo nga kalihukan. Kay ngano man atong gi compromeso ang kaugmaon sa atong mga kabataan?  (Don’t allow any group to use the children, neither allow them to be used by people of ill-intent.  Don’t allow yourselves to be exploited for ill-intension and for activities of no good. Why do we have to compromise the welfare of the children?)           

In a separate interview with the media, Soliman appealed to non-government organizations and faith-based organizations working   behind the protest rally against DepEd to spare the children, who she said, should be in school.

“Ang akin pong pakiusap  sa mga NGOs may mga faith-based organizations,  huwag po nating gamitin ang mga  bata. Mag protesta po kayo walang problema. Karapatan po ninyo yan…  huwag po ninyong Isama ang mga bata. (My appeal to NGOs of faith-based organizations, don’t use the children. You can stage protest. There’s no problem with that; that is your right but don’t bring the children.),” she said.

Soliman bared plans to send letters of appeal to the identified NGOs that had tagged along children to protest rallies, and that she planned to ask the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to look into the situation of children at the protest rally lines.

Meanwhile,  Soliman also revealed during the ARENA Serbisyo Caravan this morning that DSWD will be constructing dormitories near public schools for IP children to stay, away from their homes.

She also said that DSWD will be working in tandem with DepEd to funnel more services and assistance to IP children of Talaingod. 

Among the actual assistance and  services delivered/ turned over by DSWD during the Serbisyo Caravan were cheques  for livelihood trainings, supplementary feeding, on-site social pension pay-out, on-site  4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) pay-out, family food packs, wheel chairs/assistive devices, educational supplies, and KALAHI- CIDSS Pamana projects . (PIA 11)



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Sec. Soliman joins ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan in Talaingod

Davao City -DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman will visit Talaingod, Davao del Norte on Friday for the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA XI) Serbisyo Caravan.

“Sec. Soliman will lead the ceremonial turnover of around Php 14 million worth of services and projects slated to be provided by DSWD to some 13,357 beneficiaries in Talaingod,” said DSWD Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

“We aim to disburse social pension to 739 indigent older persons, as well as render offsite over-the-counter payment to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and distribute Debit Cards to IP beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer program under Pantawid Pamilya,” Director Razon said.

PhilHealth will also be distributing Members’ Data Records and IDs to selected beneficiaries, she added.

Among the projects are livelihood training and assistance on cultural bead accessory production, indigenous basket production, native goat dispersal, organic ginger production, cultural management on sustainable vegetable production, and organic-based vegetable production for lowland and upland.

DSWD will also conduct Supplementary Feeding in 32 Day Care Centers and turnover completed Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA Projects (Improvement of Potable Water System, Corn Sheller with Shed, Installation of 209 Units Low Cost Solar Led, Installation of 2 Units Street Lights, Construction of Solar Dryer with Provision of Corn Sheller with Shed, Construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement, and Construction of Drainage Line Canal.

Furthermore, the Department will be distributing 13 units assistive devices (wheel chairs, crutches and walkers), 1,500 sets of educational supplies and 3,000 family food packs.

Finally, a groundbreaking ceremony is set for the upcoming Construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement with Storage Facility.

The ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan brings series of community outreach programs and direct services closer to the people. The caravan provides a one-stop shop of services of national government agencies especially targeting the poor.

Expected to deliver their respective services in Talaingod on Friday are more than 50 national agencies in Davao Region. (DSWD)

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DSWD joins Independence Day celeb @SM Lanang

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Administration Ma. Vilia L. Vigil urges Dabawenyos to show gratefulness of being a free people who live under a democracy and to commit to abide by the Philippine reforms and laws, during the SM Lanang Premier Independence Day celebration. Theme for this year is “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot-Kamay Na Ng Bayan” (Independence 2015: Triumphs Through Reforms, Within Nation’s Reach). (DSWD)

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